There has been a lot of buzz about Shampoo Bars in the media lately.
There is also a lot of confusion on subject & a lot of mis-information floating around out there. In an effort to clarify the subject, in this post we will talk about reasons to make the switch, about hair & hair-care, & also about how to use SLS-Free, natural shampoo bars properly & that pesky 'transition period.'
Why Make The Switch?
Looking to make the change over to Shampoo Bars? There are many great reasons to do so! They are an excellent green choice. Shampoo bars eliminate the need for wasteful plastic bottles & are a perfect option for those looking to make their bathrooms a plastic-free zone. Many also eliminate the use of chemical surfactants & preservatives, such as parabens & sodium lauryl sulfate, making these natural shampoo bars a healthier option than the chemical laden bottles seen in most drug stores. Not only are people literally bathing themselves with these chemicals, but the chemicals then make their way down the drain & into our groundwater. Sadly, the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] has reported finding these chemicals in nearly every water supply they have tested. Using products without these ingredients helps to reduce that contamination.
Another great reason to switch is that Shampoo Bars are fantastic for travel. Being solid instead of liquid makes them super easy to fly with. Packing a shampoo bar is infinitely easier than dealing with the hassles of traveling with any liquid these days.
TRAVEL TIP: Simply save the empty tin from a package of Altoid mints, tuck a slice of your bar inside,
& you are ready to fly!
More than being TSA friendly, many bars are biodegradable & therefore perfect for camping.
Before using your shampoo bar in this manner, please ensure that it is indeed biodegradable, chemical-free, & that it has a low nitrogen footprint -- Sadly, you will find some ‘natural’ soaps & shampoo bars on the market these days are filled with the same chemicals as bottled, mass-produced options.
Additionally, Shampoo bars are very long lasting & economical, with many users finding they need to wash their hair much less often, saving time & water. Being small & solid, they are most often sold with reduced or zero-packaging as well. All of these are really great reasons to make the switch.
My husband & I were blessed with 2 beautiful girls. When I was diagnosed with MS, I couldn't keep up the pace working retail. We decided on a simpler life, built a cabin in the woods, & moved to mid-coast Maine